Blurt: San Diego Music News

Curtis Taylor hits Happy Hour at the Handlery

...and other jazz happenings around San Diego January 5-9

Tuesday 5 The Lanny Roberts Quartet with Jason Shattil on piano, Ben Wanicur on bass, and Duncan Moore on drums play the monthly jam session at 3rd Space (4610 Park Boulevard ) at 8 p.m. ...

Three great San Diego moments of music from 2015

...those moments where the hall disappears, the audience disappears, and even the musicians disappear

Instead of making a list of best concerts from 2015 we’re going with a few of the best moments. The best moment of 2015 was soprano Emily Magee singing Marietta’s Lied at the San Diego ...

Deaths in the San Diego music family in 2015


As 2015 comes to a close, we look back at the local musicians who have passed away over the past 12 months. January 12, Garrett Smythe, aka drummer Tank Johnson of Deadbolt. February 5, Professor ...

Book 'em, Brandes

Local rock-roller Ray Brandes writes the book on San Diego punk history

“It’s important people know that punk in San Diego didn’t start in the 1990s,” says Ray Brandes. He should know, as he’s been making music in this town since the early 1980s, first with the ...

Nerdy New Year!

NerdCon collective throws a 24-hour New Year's Eve party in Escondido

One of the breakout entertainment success stories of 2015 was a one-day geek-rock festival called NerdCon. Think low-budget Comic-Con with live bands. The first-ever NerdCon, held in August at Escondido’s Center for Performing Arts, drew ...

What did you get?

San Diego musicians remember weird gifts past

’Tis the season for giving and receiving. No matter what your holiday is — Christmas, Kwanzaa, Hanukkah, Festivus — gifts are bound to be exchanged, though levels of merriment may vary. Often gifts will be ...

Tchaikovsky joins the gang

Return of the fifth playlist

Since Christmas is done we’re going to return to our Beethoven Five playlist. We’re using Beethoven’s Symphony No. 5 as a loose reference point for a curated playlist. It’s something like six degrees of Beethoven’s ...

A gloomy winter journey with Schubert

Desperate new year

With the New Year coming I feel as though it's time to take an intellectual inventory. The inventory reveals that I’m in need of some new ideas. The one’s I have right now are solid ...

Bring in the New Year with jazz!

...and other jazz happenings around San Diego December 28-January 3

Wednesday 30 Gilbert Castellanos begins his double-shift evening at Panama 66 (1450 El Prado) by hosting the Young Lions Series at 6 p.m. At 8:30, he leads the jam session until 11:30 p.m. All-ages, no ...

Goodbye Bieber, hello AC/DC!

Jack is dead, long live 100.7 FM and the DSC show

After admitting that the music “sucked” on his own radio station, Dave Rickards, anchor for the Dave, Shelly, and Chainsaw morning show, announced in a pre-recorded statement Saturday morning that his station, long-known as Jack-FM, ...

San Diego bands kicking off 2016 with new music

Record-release roundup

This week, Nathan Williams’s Ghost Ramp Records is launching a monthly subscription service featuring exclusive vinyl releases, starting with a Wavves/Best Coast 7-inch, a Wavves/Cloud Nothings 7-inch, and a Sweet Valley 12-inch, with more to ...

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